Archive for the ‘Bills’ Category

The Significance of the Paul Ryan Budget

House Passes Paul Ryan Budget

What does the passed budget mean for Americans? Most would agree that the recent passing of the bill by the House of Representatives in a vote of 219 -205, means very little for actual policy. Afterall, the Senate would need to pass its own similar legislation, and both would need to be combined in conference. […]

Fair Minimum Wage Act


What do you think is a fair minimum wage? As the President noted in his State of the Union Address, there is a push on Capitol Hill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour hasn’t been increased since 2009. The Fair Minimum Wage Act, backed by Representative […]

Water Bill. Farm Bill. Defense Bill


Year end bills blitz? Possibly. These are the top priority bills that are making their way to becoming law. There also happens to be only about two weeks left for their passing. Here is a brief rundown provided by – Water Resources Reform and Development Act The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRDA) […]

Fab Labs

Fab Lab

Are you familiar with the term “Fab Lab”? Last week Senators Dick Durbin and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-IL and D-NY respectively) introduced legislation, the National Fab Lab Network Act, aimed at investing in the next generation of American entrepreneurs and innovators by establishing a national network of fabrication laboratories, known as “fab labs.” Fab labs are […]

Community Development Block Grants: A Key Difference Between the House and Senate

Capitol Hill

Does your community rely on Community Development Block Grants? Many communities across America certainly do.  The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which we wrote about a few years ago in a word of the week post, is critical funding distributed through The Department of Housing and Urban Development (THUD). The funds impact larger cities and […]

The Top Ten


Are most of these bills on your radar already? Last week marked a stalled Capitol Hill as lawmakers debated which bills to pull through and which to shelve. As this Congress races toward the mid-term elections in 2014, there was a flurry of search inquiries for bills that are making their way (or not) through […]

The Immigration Bill: Just the Facts

Capitol Hill

What’s In it? The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Reform Act of 2013, or S. 744, proposed by a bipartisan coalition of Senators, outlines an arduous 13-year pathway to citizenship through which undocumented immigrants may gain legal status and citizenship. A quick review of the summary found on THOMAS reveals the following: (Sec. […]

Immigration Reform: Current Hurdle, Senate Judiciary Committe

Capitol Hill

Is the immigration reform bill a “congressional must do”? For many, this bill represents a real opportunity to improve the lives of all Americans. Next, it must make it through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Any bill that is brought to committee may face two fates, the committee may reject the bill and “table” it, meaning […]

Grow Our Economy AND Shrink Our Deficit: VIDEO

Is it really possible? Yes, it absolutely is, asserts President Obama. He also asserts that his recently proposed FY ’14 budget proposal is a blueprint for achieving both goals in concert. Republicans in Congress however, do not agree and have said the budget is a non-starter. In a speech delivered in the Rose Garden, President […]

WOW Revisted: Continuing Resolution

Word of the Week - Continuing Resolution

Have you heard the phrase continuing resolution this week? We are sure you have. In fact, with the sequestration in effect, all eyes have turned to the “continuing resolution” scheduled to expire on March 27th. So what exactly is it? This term was actually profiled in a past Word of the Week post, Also our […]

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